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Last of the Summer Vines – Romy Sommer – 5* Review

When ambitious workaholic Sarah Wells discovers she has inherited her estranged father’s vineyard near Montalcino in Tuscany, the last thing she wants is to take time away from her busy schedule to sort out a crumbling mess of a palazzo. But, of course, life never runs smoothly, and when she makes a rare error, her bosses decide a holiday is just what she needs.

When Sarah arrives in Italy, she learns that she is not her father’s sole heir. In fact, she only has a partial stake in Castello di Sant’ Angelo because of a loophole in Italian law. Her father has left the vineyard instead to his business partner, the gorgeous Tomasso Di Biassi – and Tomasso doesn’t want to sell.

At first, Sarah wants the deal done as quickly as possible so she can get back to her life in London, but it seems Italy has other plans for her. Under the warmth of the Tuscan sun, with a glass or two of the local vino rosso, and brooding Tomasso challenging her all the way, Sarah starts to realise that there might just be something to la dolce vita… 

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My Thoughts…

Career driven Sarah teeters on the edge of emotional burnout, she needs a break, even if she disagrees her boss insists. When her estranged father dies suddenly, she decides to oversee the disposal of his estate personally and travels to Tuscany, where she spent a few happy times in childhood. The challenges she finds are anything but restful, but they do give her life a new focus and help her gain perspective.

Tuscany provides a picturesque, vibrant setting for this romantic story of forgiveness, second chances, secrets and deceit. Sarah is a determined woman who shies away from emotional closeness, those she should be able to trust let her down, and she’s not risking her heart again. Tomasso lives and breathes the vineyard, but it’s not his only love, and this sexy hero proves to be a complicated man who both intrigues and infuriates Sarah.

A story of love and friendship created in a quintessential Italian world full of warmth, gossip, family and food, where wine and passion are synonymous.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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3* Review: An American Girl In Italy – Aubrie Dionne

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An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…
Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smart phone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.
Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

 

My Review

An American orchestra touring Italy, a country full of passion and romance is the perfect setting for a contemporary romance but something was missing in this story for me.
I liked the heroine Carly; a career minded musician. The characterisations of the other members of the orchestra from Carly’s point of view are amusing and bring them to life.
Michelangelo the hero of the tale didn’t make my heart race. He is a nice man but the chemistry between him and Carly is absent until three-quarters of the way through the story and even then seems contrived.
It is an easy read I finished it in a couple of hours but only really becomes a romance in the last five chapters. The Duet chapter is poignant and shows the first real connection between Carly and Michelangelo.
An American Girl in Italy is a sweet tale but sadly with very little romance.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.